- you can use your SparkLE usb controller with this app, that means you have an actual tactile hands on drum machine experience with just a iPad as the processing power… think about this for live shows or that “stand alone drum machine” feel… thats pretty dope right?
- its available for iPad air and above… why does that matter? well because it means they are jamming serious power into this app and not letting older iPad units hold it back with lack of processing power. This is a double edged sword because I’m sure Arturia risks missing out sales from owners of older iPad devices. It also means the writing is now on the wall for those of us with older iPads (I currently own an iPad 4 and was hoping to get one last year out of it.)
- the in app store looks to have a promising host of content. Already there are three promising expansions with more to come. I love new sounds at affordable prices.
- ableton link is already tested and working along with a host of other sync abilities. very nice to see this app playing nicely in a host of varied environments.
iSPARK — its ultimate mobile beat-making solution for iPad — as of February 18…
By transporting its innovative SPARK 2 drum production desktop software solution — taking the best elements from analogue drum machines, sample-based beat boxes, and cutting-edge physical modelling, then rolling them into an easy-to-use, elegant package as arguably the most powerful and creative drum solution available today — to the iPad as iSPARK, Arturia is ushering in a new era of inspirational mobile beat-making like no other. From the most straightforward four-on-the-floor rhythms to the craziest trap beats, iSPARK is, indeed, the ultimate mobile beat-making solution!
So, on the face of it, the SPARK 2 software and iSPARK app are truly beat-making brethren, sharing much of their content — projects, kits, and instruments. iSPARK is also compatible with Arturia’s award-winning SparkLE ultra-compact controller — just like SPARK 2 before it! So why not connect a SparkLE to an iPad running iSPARK to take full advantage of the comfort offered by a high-quality hardware controller? In keeping with this integration, iSPARK’s user interface is strongly reminiscent of the popular SparkLE’s layout, but optimised for iPad.
iSPARK includes a wide variety of drum kits and individual instruments based on classic drum machines, electronic kits, and acoustic kits, each making much use of several sound engines — namely, Arturia’s core TAE® (True Analog Emulation) technology, physical modelling, and multi-layered samples provided by top-tier development partners, with top-notch professional sound design throughout.
iSPARK’s intuitiveness impressively allows the user to get on with beat-making, making the most of an almost endless supply of creative inspiration without worrying about the cutting-edge technology that lies beneath. For starters, 40 factory kits lead the way to a variety of musical styles and soundscapes. Create kits by selecting from no fewer than 640 individual instruments, importing samples, and tweaking from a long list of parameters, thanks to the MIXER and STUDIO screens.
Speaking of which, iSPARK’s MAIN screen is all about performance, allowing users to conceive patterns on the fly using its flexible 64-step sequencer or by realtime recording with the highly-responsive virtual pads. Jump between patterns in an instant or chain them together using an advanced SONG mode to create complete and complex performances. Indeed, iSPARK is designed to make the most of its host as an amazingly able iPad app by bringing a broad range of performance possibilities to the table (or tablet). Polyvalent XY touch pads make modifying the filter cutoff and resonance a breeze while also allowing the Roller/Looper to be dynamically activated. iSPARK integrates an awesome automation tool that can be used to bring realtime movement to dozens of parameters simultaneously!
Specification-wise, iSPARK leaves little to be desired: Shuffle and Shift modes to humanise grooves; choke groups to m
ute instruments naturally; performance master effects (Repeat, TapeDrop, Reverse, Strobe, Pan, Mix, Bit Crusher, eight-mode Filter, and Roller); 16-track mixer with high-quality effects (Multiband Compressor, Bit Crusher, Multiband EQ, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Distortion, Phaser, Plate Reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Space Pan, Limiter, Sub Generator); Ableton Link integration; AudioBus and Inter-App Audio compatibility to offer smooth integration with iPad-based setups. So there you have it… in summary
iSPARK integrates all the features expected by today’s demanding mobile beat-makers — from flawless ergonomics to creative power with the sound and distinctive musicality of the greatest drum machines ever made, it’s literally all at anyone’s fingertips. Tap into inspiration today with iSPARK!
In-app Expansion Packs featuring a myriad of additional drum kits for iSPARK can be purchased for €3.99 EURO/$3.99 USD each.
For more in-depth information, please visit the iSPARK product webpage here: http://www.arturia.com/products/ipad-synths/ispark/overview